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UN human rights office in Nepal to work very closely with world body’s new envoy

Welcoming last week’s appointment of a United Nations envoy to Nepal to spearhead the world body’s efforts to bring peace, the UN’s top human rights official said today that her office in the Himalayan country would work very closely with the new appointee during what is the “most critical time” in the nation’s transition from years of conflict.

Kyrgyzstan’s asylum system further eroded as five Uzbeks disappear, warns UN agency

The United Nations refugee agency said today it was gravely concerned over the fate of five Uzbek asylum-seekers who have “disappeared” in recent weeks from southern Kyrgyzstan, warning this latest incident shows an erosion of the Kyrgyz asylum system as it follows the expulsion earlier this month of several Uzbeks back to their homeland.

More than 200,000 Sri Lankans now displaced by fighting – UN refugee agency

After gaining greater access to areas of strife-torn Sri Lanka that had been cut off by recent fighting between Government forces and the separatist Tamil Tigers, the United Nations refugee agency says the number of people dislodged from their homes since April has surged to 204,620.

UN refugee chief set to visit camp of Myanmar refugees in Thailand

The head of the United Nations refugee agency begins a four-day mission on Monday to Thailand, where he will visit one of the camps housing refugees from neighbouring Myanmar and emphasize resettlement as a durable remedy for these displaced persons.

Security Council establishes expanded UN mission in Timor-Leste

The Security Council today unanimously approved a resolution creating a new and expanded United Nations mission in Timor-Leste, citing ongoing threats to the stability of the South-East Asian country.

Annan appoints new envoy for Nepalese peace process amid encouraging signs

Heartened by signals that Nepal’s disputed parties are starting to build mutual understanding, Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today that he has appointed a new envoy to spearhead the United Nations’ efforts to promote peace in the troubled Himalayan country.

Timor-Leste: UN envoy urges renewed pledge to judiciary

Two days before the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) comes to an end, the Secretary General’s Special Representative to the Southeast Asian nation called for renewed commitment to the integrity of the country’s judicial system.

Australia suffering from hidden housing crisis – UN expert

Australia is experiencing a serious and hidden national housing crisis, according to a United Nations human rights expert, who has called on the country’s Government to adopt a national housing policy based on human rights and urgently address the “humanitarian tragedy” of the lack of housing and services for indigenous peoples.

Viet Nam, Cambodia to further cooperate with the UN over Montagnard tribespeople

Viet Nam, Cambodia and the United Nations refugee agency have agreed to further cooperate to resolve the situation of Montagnards who cross the border into Cambodia, after holding their first full meeting to discuss the issue since signing a joint agreement last year.

Sri Lanka: UN agency calls on both sides of conflict to allow urgent aid to get through

Aid workers need access to deliver vital humanitarian supplies to thousands of Sri Lankan civilians who are running short of water and food after their communities were cut off by fighting between the Government and separatist Tamil Tigers, the United Nations refugee agency warned today.